Toronto Zoo elephant dies after push to ground by one of her own – Toronto – CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/06/15/torontozoo-elephant.html

An elephant died over the weekend at the Toronto Zoo after another elephant shoved her to the ground over some food.

Tessa, 40, fell and couldn’t get back up even with the help a crane after a more dominant elephant pushed her Saturday, zoo officials said.

My zoo membership expired the other week; I’d spent the last year visiting frequently, and partaking in the keeper talks. The elephant keeper made a point of talking about what “jerks” most of the herd are, but also noted that Tessa was a sweetheart. My thoughts are with the keepers tonight – this is sad news for zoo fans.

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